If you think Judge Eric Moye of Dallas, Texas, went too far with his punishment of salon owner Shelley Luther, then you’re not alone. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is speaking out against the move and is even calling out the hypocrisy of the decision given Dallas’s approach to crime.
Appearing on Fox News’s Hannity, host Sean Hannity noted that precautions were being taken in places like nail and hair salons, and that opening up business for stylists seems like a doable thing if a balance is struck between working and safety.
Abbott agreed and said this is how Texas is going about things as well but wanted to note that the situation in Dallas is far worse than Hannity thinks.
“There is, Sean, and that is why we are now in Texas opening up things like hair salons and barbershops,” Abbott said. “But Sean, you need to know this: The problem that we’re dealing with is far worse than what you’ve articulated in Dallas County.”
“The Dallas County district attorney announced a policy that he is not going to prosecute any thief who steals things valued at less than $750,” he said. “At the same time, authorities in Dallas are talking about releasing inmates from prison or jail because of the possibility of contracting COVID-19.”
Hannity jumped in, noting that authorities are going to send a woman wearing a mask and practicing safety precautions to jail while they release prisoners who have done far worse out of fears that they’d catch COVID-19.
“That’s not the Texas I know,” said Hannity.
Abbott agreed with Hannity but told him that this isn’t all.
Dallas County is letting prisoners go and throwing moms in jail for trying to feed their kids — and @GregAbbott_TX is pissed, as he should be.
I knew he would step up. pic.twitter.com/jbtndb0gjQ
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) May 7, 2020
“In Houston, they were issuing fines and potential jail time for anybody who refused to wear a mask,” Abbott said. “Now, as you pointed out, wearing a mask is the best practice. However, no one should forfeit their liberty and be sent to jail for not wearing a mask.”
On Wednesday, Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent out a statement demanding the release of Luther, adding that the judge’s order “is a shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas.”
Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw also weighed in, noting that Moye and people like him were “small-minded” and “drunk on power.”
The good news is that the outrage around Luther’s jailing has sent a GoFundMe created for her and her salon skyrocketing. As of this writing, the total dollars donated are just over $500,000. That’s a $300,000 increase since yesterday.